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From: "Robert Pumfrey" <>
Subject: Re: [BRE] new book out
Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2002 18:21:39 -0500
I read a review of this book in a newspaper last year sometime. Recently I
purchased it and am finding it very good reading. I have at different times
lived in the vicinity of 3 of these 4 old order groups, but only now am
learning how they differ and how they are similar. Even though the book
does not relate specifically to genealogy, it does give me a greater
understanding of and appreciation for my Brethren ancestors.
> In case this has been discussed and I missed it, I just read this book
> review in my new issue of the "Indiana Magazine of History," Vol XCVIII,
> 2 June 2002.
> It's a review of a book by Donald B Kraybill and Carl F Bowman,
> called: "On the Backroad to Heaven: Old Order Hutterites, Mennonites,
> Amish, and Brethren." Publisher is John Hopkins University Press,
> Baltimore Md, pub 2001. 330 pages with illustrations, figures, tables,
> notes, references, index, priced $29.95.
> The review by Thomas J Meyers, sociology prof at Goshen College in
> references the counter-cultural orientation of these groups, discusses
> their differences, and discusses common traits. Meyers says that readers
> will not be disappointed in the degree of detail on how and why these
> groups (continue to) live as they do.
> As the title suggests, this would not be a reference for defining the
> present day Church of the Brethren. But it might help to have clearer
> knowledge of our ancestors pre 1880 or so.
> I don't know the authors or reviewer and have not read the book....yet.
> Sharon Mills